Graduates of the MSW/MBA program will:
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary expertise in social work and business leadership.
- Develop a wholistic Christ-centered social work and business philosophy related to the non- and for-profit sectors.
- Develop knowledge and skills in working with individuals, families and groups, as well as organizational dynamics, marketing, decision sciences, accounting and human relations.
- Develop knowledge of human resources, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility, organizational development and information management.
MSW/MBA Admission Requirements
Prospective students must apply to both the School of Social Work and the School of Business.
An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted under scholastic provisional status. A student accepted on this basis may be admitted to regular status upon the completion of 12 credit hours taken through Southern with a minimum grade of “B” in each course. Students are not permitted to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program.
The above provision does not apply to students accepted provisionally for other reasons.
Admission to the Dual-degree Program
Full-time or part-time students may be admitted to the MBA program during the fall, winter, or summer semesters and the MSW courses for the fall or winter semesters. Fall applications must be made by May 1 and winter applications by October 1. Students may choose to take the MSW core courses and MBA courses at the same time or complete one program of study prior to entering the other.
The programs are structured to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal progression through the dual-degree program for the full-time student requires registration for a minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. Normal progression for the part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. Time permitted from enrollment in the dual-degree program to conferring of the MSW/MBA degrees may not exceed eight years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis.
Foundation students must satisfactorily complete all Foundation-level courses, including the foundation field practicum, before progressing to Advanced Placement. Students are required to maintain both academic and non-academic standards to remain in the MSW program. First, the university’s academic standards for retention must be met and sustained. However, even if a student’s academic performance is satisfactory, it may become necessary, due to unsatisfactory professional performance, to advise a student to reconsider his/her goodness-of-fit to the field of social work. Failure to maintain academic and non-academic standards may result in termination from the MSW program. General procedures regarding MSW program progression and retention are as follows:
- Students in the MSW program are responsible for taking full ownership of meeting all academic and non-academic retention requirements.
- University academic standards for retention must be met and sustained, as follows:
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, earning a grade below B- in no more than two courses.
- Courses with an earned grade of C-or below will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.
- The MSW Leadership Team will evaluate students’ grades and GPA at the end of each semester. If a student’s academic performance does not meet the university’s standards, the student will be notified via email that the MSW Leadership Team will be doing a review of his/her status in order to determine whether extenuating circumstances are present. Decisions about student retention in such instances will be made by the MSW Leadership Team on a case-by-case basis.
- A student may be asked to withdraw from the MSW program for any of the following non-academic reasons:
- Academic honesty breaches
- Failing the field practicum
- Failing to abide by professional values and work ethics, as outlined by the NASW Code of Ethics
5. When there is evidence that a student is not meeting the professionalism standards outlined in the MSW program policy, the student will be notified via email that the MSW Leadership Team will be doing a review of his/her status in order to determine whether the student may be retained in the program. Decisions about student retention in such instances will be made by the MSW Leadership Team on a case-by-case basis.
The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University School of Social Work and/or the School of Business. Seventy-five percent of MSW/MBA program requirements must be completed at Southern Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School.
MSW/MBA Graduation Requirements
- Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date.
- Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.